By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe
Many warnings are given in Scripture concerning the departing from the truth (1 Tim. 4:1; James 5:19; 2 Tim. 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Peter 2:21). This is necessary, since it is the tendency of man to err, or swerve, from the truth to turn to fables and believe the lie (2 Thess. 2:11).
How, then, can one keep from turning from the truth? Our text tells us that it is by being taught from the Lord. This teaching is done mediately through teachers who have been inspired of God to write down his word to us so that God's word may be imparted to us through his own Spirit and dwell in us permanently.
Notice Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
This teaching of the Lord will keep us from departing from the judgments of God. When God speaks, believers want to hear. Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
These "counsels" are God's counsels. They are the welcomed sounds of the word of God into our hearts, hidden there so we will not sin against God. Let us spend much time in his counsels and hear as the wise man so that we will not depart from his word but remain faithful to his counsels, his statutes, his commandments.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;